Alden & Harlow

Restaurants, American Harvard Square
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Alden & Harlow
Photograph: Kristin Teig

Duck into this subterranean hideaway—the former site of Harvard Square institution Casablanca—and discover a bustling multi-room dining and drinking destination that balances a rustic laid-back vibe with an industrial edge. The reclaimed wood and brick walls add warmth to the sprawling space, as do the honey-colored glass lanterns that hang over the bar. There’s a small atrium dining room; high-top tables in the bar area; and the main dining room, where guests can glimpse the open kitchen through metal shelving stacked with cookbooks. The American cuisine of chef-owner Michael Scelfo reflects a similar juxtaposition—chef-driven home-cooking with an edge, such as smoked lamb belly ribs  with carrot and cashew tahini and sour orange glaze. Most main courses are under $20, unless you entertain the 16-ounce Creekstone Farms New York strip.


Venue name: Alden & Harlow
Address: 40 Brattle St

Cross street: at Church St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 5pm–1am; Thu–Sat 5pm–2am
Transport: Red line to Harvard Square
Price: Main courses: $12–$34
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